Russia and China Signed an Agreement on the Creation of a Common Station on the Moon
Representatives of the governments of Russia and China - the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin and the head of the Chinese National Space Administration Zhang Kejian - signed a cooperation agreement in the format of a video conference. The parties agreed to be guided by "the principles of parity distribution of rights and obligations" and to use "outer space for peaceful purposes in the interests of all mankind."
The agreement specifies that the planned lunar station is intended "for multidisciplinary and multipurpose research work", the further perspective of the presence of a person directly on the Moon is being considered. The agreement implies both joint planning, development and implementation of the project, and its presentation to the world community.
The document also implies cooperation between Russia and the orbital spacecraft Luna-Resurs-1 and the Chinese mission of exploring the polar region of the Moon, Chang'-7.
At the end of 2020, China, which had previously sent a mission to the moon, planted a national flag on the surface of a natural satellite of the Earth. Thus, the country became the third power after the United States and the USSR to plant its flag on the moon.